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    College students struggle to balance jobs and school

    Franklin Rodriguez, a senior, applied to four to five jobs since his freshman year. For him, it was difficult selling himself to employers. “The hardest thing when applying for jobs and internships, for me, would be the process of making resumes,” Rodriguez said. “I have always been awful at talking myself up.” Rodriguez, majoring in psychology and sociology, found a job at a hookah lounge, which he called an interesting experience. But he felt worried about finding a job in his studies even in the future. Rodriguez is not alone as other college students struggle to find a worthwhile job in college. Sometimes, finding a job may consume their time. CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research,…

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    Students unable to work a full-time job and pay tuition, data finds

    The average full-time student needs to work more than 900 hours to pay for one year of tuition and fees. In 1979, for the same person, only 182 hours were needed. Randal Olson, a graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, originally reported the data after a conversation with his grandfather. “It’s a topic that many Millennials have in the back of our mind, really,” Olson said. “The [original] post and the accompanying analysis were inspired by a conversation with my grandfather: He was explaining to me why it was such a great thing that I worked my way through college, when all I remembered was struggling to juggle classes,…

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    Report finds first 10 years of working determines lifetime earnings

    Growth in lifetime earnings are determined in the first ten years of a worker’s life, said a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released in early February. The report focused on the growth in average income earned over a lifetime for workers in the U.S. with a median worker earning a growth of 38 percent in their lifetime. The authors of the report noted there is no other age starting point where there is such a large growth in earnings. In fact, “average earnings growth from ages 35 to 55 is zero.” Rebecca Chan, a junior, did not believe the study as she felt there was…

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    Education and internships go hand-in-hand, poll says

    Twenty-nine percent of graduates say they held a job or an internship where they were able to apply skills learned from classes, according to a new poll from Gallup. The survey found recent graduates more likely to find the connection with 35 percent of students who graduated from 2010 to 2014 compared to 29 percent of graduates from 1960 to 1969. The Gallup poll highlighted, when the statistics were broken down, how 31 percent of women found their classroom experience helpful when interning compared to 27 percent of men. Furthermore, 32 percent of blacks applied the same lessons to their internships, the highest out of all ethnicities. Internships are set…

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    Report proves the value of a college education

    To all students questioning the value of their college degree, rest assured. It is projected that a college degree will reward a salary double that of a high school graduate. However, the value of a chosen major varies. Last month, The Hamilton Project, a think-tank, published a comprehensive report outlining the economic rewards of 80 majors titled “Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes.” The report sought to create innovative policy proposals in an effort to better the economy for more people. According to the report, quantitative skills learned in physics, engineering, or computer science majors are the most lucrative. Chemical engineering majors have median lifetime earnings of about…